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David Feldman is Professor of Physics and Mathematics at the College of the Atlantic. He has been on the faculty at COA since 1998. At COA he has taught over twenty different classes in physics, mathematics, and computer science. Among these is Introduction to Chaos and Fractals, an introductory course for students with a preparation in algebra. His positive experiences teaching this class prompted him to write this book. Dave served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2003-2007.

Dave received a B.A. in Physics from Carleton College in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Davis in 1998. From 1991-1993 he was a teacher of 9th and 10th grade physics and mathematics in Chattanooga, TN.

Dave was a U.S. Fulbright Lecturer in Rwanda in 2011-12. He was a visiting professor in the Department of Applied Physics at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), in Kigali, Rwanda. At KIST he taught five courses over two semesters and supervised three senior research projects.

Dave has developed and taught two massive online open courses (MOOCs), Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos and Fractals and Scaling Both courses are offered on the Santa Fe Institute's Complexity Explorer platform. These two classes are currently the two highest-rated math MOOC according to class-, a MOOC aggregation and rating site.

Dave was faculty member and co-director of the China Complex Systems Summer School (CSSS), co-sponsored by the Santa Fe Institute and the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. He collaborated with colleagues at the Chinese Academy to oversee academic and logistical aspects of the program. He was PI on a $116,000 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation that partially supported the CSSS. In 2017 he will serve as the director of the CSSS in Santa Fe.

Dave's research interests lie in the fields of statistical mechanics and nonlinear dynamics. In particular, his research has examined how one might measure "complexity" or pattern in a mathematical system, and how such complexity is related to disorder. In his research, Dave uses both analytic and computational techniques.

His other interests include ultimate frisbee, hockey, cooking, homebrewing, travel, and gardening. He is married to Doreen Stabinsky; they have three excellent cats.